Honoring the life of Bishop Thomas John Claggett
St. Paul’s Parish Baden Church in Brandywine held a bicentennial celebration Saturday in honor of its former rector, the Rev. Thomas John Claggett, who was Maryland’s first Episcopal bishop and the first bishop consecrated in America.
The bicentennial – which was intended as an event of historical interest but oriented to the present and future – focused on the challenges and opportunities that today’s church and community face in a different day of new beginnings.
The event also featured a Holy Eucharist service followed by a reception at St. Paul’s Parish Hall which included exhibits and historical displays. All visitors were also given tours of the church, along with its cemetery.
Special guests included Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s), Del. Elizabeth “Susie Proctor” (D-Prince George’s, Charles) and other public service officials, members of nearby Episcopal parishes, Claggett/Clagett family members as well as Virginia Theological Seminary professor Robert W. Prichard, a preacher and church historian who spoke about Claggett’s life.
Rev. Charles Hoffacker, rector of St. Paul’s Parish Baden Church, seated right, interacts with guests during a reception at St. Paul’s Parish Hall which included exhibits and historical displays.
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. converses with the Rev. William Tichnor and another guests inside St. Paul’s Parish Hall.